Prosecutor David Pfeifer Joins San Francisco City Attorney’s Office


SAN FRANCISCO—On January 24, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced that veteran prosecutor David Pfeifer would be joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit.  According to a news release from the SF City Attorney’s website, Pfeifer will helm all of the office’s civil litigation and investigations including government ethics, contracting fraud, employee misconduct, false claims and similar cases.

“David Pfeifer has been an enormously effective public attorney throughout his career, and I’ve greatly admired his dedication and professionalism whenever we’ve had the opportunity to work together,” said Herrera. “I’m elated to have him join the City Attorney’s Office as our Public Integrity Chief. It’s a critically important role to defend the integrity of our public institutions, and fight waste, fraud and abuse. David is also a perfect fit to help two great public law offices — those led by District Attorney Gascón and myself — to work together more effectively than ever on cases that make a real difference for theSan Franciscotaxpayers we work hard to protect.”

Pfeifer has worked with the SF District Attorney’s Office for nearly 23 years, working his way towards the title of chief assistant, first under former District Attorney Kamala D. Harris and current District Attorney George Gascon.

He worked closely with the City Attorney’s office in the criminal prosecution of former San Francisco Unified School District Facilities Director Tim Tronson. He was sentenced to four years to state prison for taking more than a half a million in school district funds.

Mr. Pfeifer also worked as a civil litigator with his own practice for three years, and worked in several management positions for insurance companies while working towards his law degree. He attended his undergraduate studies at Rutgers College, and obtained his master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

He became a member of the California bar in 1987 and will become a member of the City’s Attorney’s office in a few weeks.

By LaDale Anderson